Tascam FW-1884
Expandable, FireWire Audio / MIDI Interface DAW controller
for Mac and Windows
Win2000/XP and Mac OS-9/OS-X

24-bit AD / DA conversion
44.1 / 48 / 88.2 / 96kHz sampling rates

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TASCAM's FW-1884 is an advanced,expandable DAW controller and audio / MIDI
interface; combining IEEE 1394 (FireWire) high bandwidth data transfer, a fully featured 18x8x2 audio mixer,incorporating many of the leading performance featuresof TASCAM's DM-24 mixer,and sophisticated DAW control surface.
The versatile mix/ control surface features nine touch-sensitive, motorised, 100 mm
faders (eight channel and one master fader) 11 dedicated (4-band parametric) EQ,Pan, Solo, Mute Select and Aux send rotary encoders, transport controls, aprofessional, weighted jog shuttle wheel and an array of assignable function /short-cut keys, for flexible control of the widest possible range of dedicated audiosoftware programmes. A “FAT Channel” provides for adjustment and representation of EQ, dynamics and effects parameters.
In addition, the FW-1884 provides full, stand-alone, digital audio mix capabilities, with
high quality microphone pre-amps, 24/96 AD / DA conversion throughout and 96 kHz operation on all analogue I/O channels, a full compliment of eight analogue microphone/ line inputs , with phantom power and inserts on each input; 8-channel ADAT and stereo SPDIF digital I/Os. In use, the FW-1884 allows access to up to 18 audio inputs at one time.
Eight analogue outputs enable simultaneous monitoring of stereo and 5.1 multi-channel audio. A 4x4 MIDI interface/ patcher is also featured. Connection to hostcomputer platforms is via either of two high-speed IEEE 1394 (FireWire) interfaceconnections. Word Clock I/O ensures accurate synchronisation within the digital signalchain. An assignable footswitch jack facilitates such operations as hands-free“punch-in” recording or MIDI control.
Software support is for Windows 2000,Windows XP, Mac OS-9 and Mac OS-X with ASIO, WDM, MME and GSIF drivers,enabling control of major workstation packages such as Protools, Logic, Nuendo/Cubase, Digital Performer, Pyramix, Soundscape, Samplitude, Sequoia.
The FW-1884 also features emulation of the control features of the Mackie Control toenable immediate use of the FW-1884 with software that supports the Mackie Controlbut does not yet support the FW-1884.
Further system expansion is possible with the FE-8 expansion module, providing eightassignable encoders and keys.

Main Features

Programmable control surface for digital audio workstation system
9 x 100mm touch-sensitive motorised faders
Mixing parameters / HDR edit / Transport / Record function / Automation control
Shortcut keys for various popular audio software applications
Compatible with a wide variety of leading DAW applications
Mackie Control Emulation
High-resolution professional multi-channel audio interface (18 in and 10 out)
24 bit resolution, 44.1 / 48 / 88.2 / 96kHz sampling frequency
8 analogue Mic (XLR) / Line (1/4 jack) balanced inputs with 48V Phantom power (switchable in blocks of 4-chs) (Input source selector between MIC/LINE and Guitar on channel 8)
8 analogue channel inserts
8 analogue 1/4 jack balanced line outputs (CH1-2: for Stereo outputs/CH1-8: for Surround monitoring)
1 S/PDIF digital Input (selectable between Coaxial and Optical)
1 S/PDIF digital output (selectable between Coaxial and Optical)
1 ADAT digital I/O (8 in and 8 out)
4 MIDI inputs
4 MIDI outputs
A fully independent 4x4 MIDI routing matrix
Word Clock input and output (phono connectors)
Headphone output (1/4 stereo connector)
2 x IEEE1394 6pin connectors
LED indicators (Functional status, Control key, Signal level, Control surface mode, MIDI and other I/O status)
Foot SW Input (1/4 jack connector)
FE-8 Control fader expansion kit; 8 channel sidecar


ASIO and WDM compatibility for Windows 2000 / XP
ASIO, Sound Manager and Core Audio compatibility for Mac OS 9 / X

Digital input
Format AES3-1992/ IEC64958 (automatically detected) 24bit

Digital output
Format AES3-1992/ IEC64958 (selectable) 24bit

AD conversion resolution 24bit

SN / Dynamic range
104dB Fs = 44.1kHz, A-weight
98dB Fs = 96kHz

DA conversion resolution 24bit

SN / Dynamic range
106dB Fs = 44.1kHz, A-weight
100dB Fs = 96kHz

ADAT 8-ch I/O Input
Light-pipe optical x 1
Format ADAT Optical at ADAT AES3-1992/ IEC64958 (automatically detected) at Optical
24bit at ADAT/ 24bit at Optical Output
Light-pipe optical x 1
Format ADAT Optical at ADATAES3-1992/ IEC64958 (selectable) at Optical 24bit at ADAT/ 24bit at Optical MIDI I/O Connector 5-pin DIN IEEE 1394
Connector IEEE 1394 x 2
Data transmission rate 400Mbps
Dimensions 136mm (H) x 582mm (W) x 481mm (D)
Weight 10.3 kg

System requirement:


OS: Mac
OS 9.1
Audio I/F protocol: ASIO. Sound manager
Midi I/F protocol: OMS, Free MIDI
IEEE 1394 FireWire port

Mac OS X
Audio I/F protocol: Core Audio
Midi I/F protocol: Core Audio
IEEE 1394 FireWire port


OS: 2000/XP
Audio I/F protocol: ASIO. WDM (MME), GSIF
Midi I/F protocol: MME
IEEE 1394 FireWire port

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TASCAM (Parts Department)
7733 Telegraph Rd.
Montebello, CA 90640-Usa
Tel: 323-727-4840

 Tascam Italy contac: TEAC tel.(++39) 0266010500 - fax.(++30) 0266010484

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